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Cardinal Charlie/Mae’s Wahoo a portal to Reagan library

Published 9:20pm Wednesday, July 10, 2013

I’m sure a lot of my readers can remember Mae Rosemeier, who was a Dowagiac Daily News worker for years.

A while back I was given her 1932 Wahoo from the year she graduated.

In her Wahoo was a letter of Mae’s friend who lived in Durango, Colo.

A friend of the lady in Durango was a good friend of Mrs. Joel McCrea, who was Frances (Dee).

This lady was asked to be the stand-in for Mrs. Joel McCrea at the Reagan library dedication.

She said she felt out of place with all the people at the luncheon.

She named Phyllis Diller, who came up to her, shook her hand and said hello, I’m Phyllis Diller. She said I’m Frances McCrea’s stand-in.

She said Zsa Zsa Gabor, Eva Gabor, Merv Griffin, Colin Powell, Rich Little, Fess Parker, Cheryl Ladd, Charlton Heston, Jim Brady, Bob Hope and Arnold Schwarzenegger were there, plus many other big names.

When she went up to meet the president and Mrs. Reagan, she had to say she was the stand-in for Frances McCrea.

Ronnie said, “Well, good.”

The lady from Durango said she felt so out of place with the celebrities and millionaires sitting at her table.

She said at each seat at the tables was a turquoise box with white satin ribbon and it held the most beautiful five-inch by seven-inch sterling silver frame by Tiffany engraved with the presidential seal and the Ronald Reagan library on it.

In the frame it said that a photo of the five presidents would be mailed to us. She said she sat at a table with a movie producer, a presidential secretary, one of two women senators, Paula Hawkins and the Hellers, close friends of the Reagans, and Sara Marks, son of the top fundraiser for the library.

She said she really enjoyed seeing how the rich entertain. She went on to tell what the fabulous menu was.

She said it was fantastic to see five presidents and six first ladies together on the same platform, along with three Roosevelts, John and Caroline Kennedy, Mrs. Sadat and Colin Powell. She said the Secret Service was all over the place.

People were passing out jars of jelly beans with the presidential seal on them.

She also said when Lee Greenwood, who wrote “God Bless the USA,” was last on the program and sang his song, five jets flew over in formation coming over the mountain background. She said she had tears in her eyes, as did all the people around her.

Everyone there was invited to take a tour of the library, which is the largest presidential library.

I didn’t tell the name of the lady who wrote this to a lady who was a friend of Mrs. Rosemeier, as they may still be alive.

Mae had a lot of obits she clipped out of the Daily News and some other clippings of her class reunions.

Nearly every classmate signed something in Mae’s Wahoo in her class of 85 folks.

She had two solid pages that students had written things to Mae.

Peg and I on her laptop saw a whole hour of the dedication.


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